1827 Pattern Wilkinson British Rifle Regiment
Officer's Sword, sold
In good condition, a Victorian (1869) British rifle regiment officer's
sword by Wilkinson, original owner's initials.
Serial number 16497 for 1869, this sword's blade was period sharpened,
we presume by Wilkinson Sword, so it may well have been used in
the so called "Second Afghan War" (1878). The blade has
been professionally sharpened the entire length of the cutting edge,
and then either immediately after or at a later date, the blade
has been replated. We know the sharpening and replating is period
because of the high standard. For example, most post-Victorian replated
blades, the etching is rendered very feint and not very sharp. The
etching on this blade is still sharp and strong. The blade was sharpened
after it had been sold originally because the sharpening has run
across some of the etching including the last initial of the original
owner's name (initials), which are "ECK".
The 32 inch blade is in very good shape and condition generally,
one small former rust patch, and firm in the hilt. The steel hilt
is on very good order, though some minor pitting to the front and
rusting inside (we have treated this). The grip is in very good
order, the twisted grip wire bindings mostly very good, a couple
of smaller strands slightly astray. The steel scabbard is very sound,
some rust pitting patches here and there. The sword sheathes and
draws very well.
The Wilkinson sales ledger still exists and you can have it searched
and the original sales details (normally including owner's name)
provided for only £10; details provided to buyer if of interest.
So this is a very good sword at a very good price. Further / full
sized images upon request. Please quote item reference number D44